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    05-13-2018, 12:52 PM
    Final post on this subject. Settled on 5.8 gr of CFE Pistol Powder bheind the 255 gr hard cast boolit. Added 20 lb slide and hammer springs to the colt commander. Yesterday, they Chrono'd 850 fps average (4 1/4" Colt Commander). (reference-->...
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    05-06-2018, 10:59 PM
    A flat nose as massive as that should generate 500 lbs of impact,no? No bone of bear could withstand that type of love at 800 fps at 30 yards or under? (I hope!) Maybe Yogi Bear on adrenline! No nickel casings. All brass. Must be the camera...
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    05-06-2018, 08:41 PM
    Range report. I thought I'd post a follow up my 255 gr load experience with a newer (2014) Colt Commander. The purpose of making these is that my .44 magnums are all too large to carry when backpacking Glacier Nat'l Park come June. My .45 Colt...
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    05-06-2018, 01:28 PM
    Old thread but I thought I'd share my 255 gr load experience with a newer (2014) Colt Commander. The purpose of making these is that my .44 magnums are all too large to carry when backpacking Glacier Nat'l Park come June. My .45 Colt Commander...
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    05-05-2018, 09:38 AM
    Not my first choice either, but my Dan Wesson 44 mag 6" is just too darned heavy to even shoulder carry when hiking with a backpack. I'm looking to buy a Ruger Alaskan in .44 mag as soon as wife's blood pressure comes down after putting a down...
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    05-05-2018, 09:36 AM
    I've had lead in my system since I was a baby. I know this because my father always called me Lead A**.
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    05-03-2018, 10:15 PM
    jdb3, wonderful photo. Thanks for sharing! My big game hunting days are primarily all behind me after hunting elk, deer and even a draw for big horn (no luck) since 1980 in Montana. I prefer to watch the beautiful creatures today and eat the...
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    05-03-2018, 10:12 PM
    Shaddup, Vic! :D See you soon after I retire, brother.
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    05-03-2018, 09:59 PM
    Yep, Priority 1. That's why the ladder/chrono test is essential Tests not only over pressure signs but reliability. Ogive is just slightly different on this Lee mould.
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    05-03-2018, 09:41 PM
    I rec'v a new Lee mold, 255 gr bullets for Thumper. 45ACP loads for hiking in NW Montana in 6 weeks. (I've been back country since 1980 in Montana hunting over the years. This will be the first time without a long rifle) 255 grain power hard cast...
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About Big Mak
Biography:
Originally from Minnesota, moved to WA state in 1979 as an 18 year old with a suitcase full of clothes and $100 in my pocket. Two adult children, one starting college.

I have worked for the Boeing company since 1979 and have had careers there as a Machinist,(Bridgeport, NC and CNC 3 and 5 axis) as well as a toolmaker, NC Programmer, Engineering applications analyst and currently a senior project manager.
Location:
Lake Tapps, WA
Interests:
Bench and field rifle, reloading/casting, hiking, fishing, hunting, travel
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Senior Project Manager

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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check